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Can You See Me?

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  406 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Would you know if someone was watching you?

In the dark days since the sudden death of her surgeon husband, Julia’s main worry has always been Tash. Her student daughter was broken—she worshipped her father. But six months on, Julia thinks the light is returning. She is about to find out that she’s wrong.

When she saves the life of a boy who’s been hanging around her beach
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 1st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Lynne Hi Tg. I'd say mystery/psychological suspense more than horror. But it's so hard to pin that kind of thing down when it's your own work, of course!…moreHi Tg. I'd say mystery/psychological suspense more than horror. But it's so hard to pin that kind of thing down when it's your own work, of course! (less)

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Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Can You See Me? by Lynne Barrett-Lee is a psychological thriller that has a bit of a twist on it’s style. The story is mainly told from the point of view of the main character, Julia, however there are also little chapters told from the point of view of the antagonist in the unique way of comparing themselves to different species of moths.

Julia is now a single mother after the sudden passing of her husband six months before and is not only recovering from the sudden loss herself but concerned
Kat Dietrich

Can You See Me by Lynne Lee is a psychological thriller.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Amazon Publishing, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

Julia's husband has recently died, and her focus has been on seeing her daughter Tash through this devastating time. Although she had plans to divorce David, no one knew, so she's
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Can You See Me opens like a familiar scent of cookies wafting through empty halls of your childhood home. A bittersweet memory of something lost, and the acknowledgement of moving on. Julia has recently lost her husband and she and her daughter Tash are moving on, tragically interrupted by a sudden turn of events when a strange young man need saving.

It is a brilliant book which managed to throw a good few red herrings at me - not at all an easy task. Lynne Lee opens a whole new world of
Tarrah Marie (Wayward Readers)
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A seemingly familiar trope of love, lies and betrayal. As the protagonist uncovers deep seated secrets, she finds herself and her daughter in the midst of formidable danger. What Lynne Lee does though to push her narrative past the familiar is add an alternative perspective. One that, once the reader can look past what is being handed over at surface level, digs deep into a dark side of character development. Lee has used another level of creativity to express perspective here and it brings so ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-x
Can You See Me by Lynne Lee was a brilliant read and I was hooked from the very first few pages. This book is a psychological thriller that has lots of twists and turns throughout which I love in a book. I loved the way Lynne threw in a few red herrings within the book Very Clever! Didn't see them coming!!!

Can You See Me is beautifully written and is very addictive that will have you glued to your kindle or book.

I highly recommend this book. Its Just Brilliant!

Big Thank you to NetGalley and
Marina Johnson
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book; beautifully written with a great story and believable characters. I read it in a couple of days because I couldn't put it down. Will definitely be looking for more by this author.
I loved this book!! Great story!! 1st book I have read by this author!! Received this book from Amazon uk from netgally!!
Emma Bernard
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Julia, mom to a teenage daughter Tash, is surfing when she sees a boy near her home. As she goes near him, he takes off running and seriously injuring himself. Julia, being a physician, saves him until they are rescued by helicopter. Julia has no idea who the boy is, and why he is near her home. The only identifier on him is a butterfly tattoo on his wrist. Things get even stranger for Julia when she find's her late husband's watch in the boy;s bag. Tash and Julia then realize a series of ...more
Janice Lombardo
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Julia, a doctor, had recently lost her husband, David (also a doctor) in an accident. Now, at Julia's summer home, she catches a "kid" looking into her window and then running away. She finds him on the cliffs where he is bleeding out. However, a good Samaritan hears Julia's cries for help and a helicopter rushes both Julia and the "kid" (identity still unknown) to the hospital in Cardiff.

The "kid" survives surgery but is placed into an induced coma. The reader also senses that there may be a
Brandy {The Review Booth}
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
In the gloomy six months since Julia suddenly lost her husband her main worry has been her daughter, Tash. She was devastated to lose her father but to Julia it finally seems that a little bit of her daughter's gloomy clouds may be dissipating. Their worlds are turned upside down after Julia valiantly saves the life of a young man who was loitering outside her beach cottage. When she returns home she begins to attempt to work her mind around why he was there, who is he - he remains unidentified ...more
Connie Fischer
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Julia Young is a doctor and is staying for a few days at her beach home in Wales. Her professor husband, David, died from a stroke about six months ago. Shortly before his death, they had been planning to get a divorce. However, their daughter, Tash, is now a freshman at university and they didn’t want to upset her so they had been holding off telling her.

Coming up from the beach, Julia sees a young boy hanging around her cottage. When he spots her, he starts running and she chases him. She
Sean Randall
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Did she seriously think my husband would look twice at a person who’d write I know you’ve got a family but we should be together she’ll get over you and not see the screaming need for a full stop in the mix?"

I loved the wordiness of this. I don't want to use any of the vignettes, so had to illustrate my point with a quote from the main flow of the narrative. But that's also a superb sentence in itself and precisely the sort of bafflement I would feel were anyone I was in a relationship with to
Helen Falsini
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book and cannot recommend it enough.

The protagonist, Julia, is one of us. A loving mother, trying her best to ensure her daughter Tash's happiness and well-being after her father's untimely death. You connect with Julia, Julia the successful doctor, Julia the homemaker, Julia the role model, Julia the extraordinary woman seeking a new life post-divorce and above all the person that does the right thing without ever being self-righteous. She is fearless, intelligent,
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is addictive and suspenseful, once I started I was glued to the story to the very end.

We meet Julia who is morning the loss of her husband, and she is also the mother to Tash her teenage daughter.
One day while surfing, Julia saw a boy near her home, when she approached him he fled injuring himself in the process and Julia had to rescue him. There is no way to tell who the boy is or what was he doing near Julia's house, he only has a butterfly tattoo.

Then Julia discovers her late
Joanne Caine
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in the hills and beaches of Wales alongside the cityscape of London, this mystery / crime story really is like none I have read before.

Julia saves a boys life after she found him lurking outside of her Welsh cottage seemingly up to no good. This leaves Julia with many unanswered questions. Not only around the boys unknown identity, but also about her late husband buried secrets.

Thank you to the author for the advanced kindle copy. This didn't influence my opinion in anyway and I was very
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it

Julia, who has just recently lost her husband David, is surfing one morning when she spots a young boy snooping outside her beach cottage. When the boy suffers a serious injury, Julia manages to get help and save him. But who is he and why was he spying on her home?

When her daughter Tash - heartbroken by her fathers death remembers a string of strange incidents, Julia realises they are being watched. Desperate to uncover the truth, Julia wants to discover the boys identity and who has eyes on
Doris Vandruff
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
David never thought that his helping out two friends would cause so much grief for his wife and daughter. But it does. When he was a young doctor two women friends that were a couple wanted a child. He donated sperm for the cause. Through this a daughter and son came to be.
When he married and had a daughter, he never thought of disclosing the information. He has now died of a stroke. The peril his wife and daughter will now endure could cost them their lives. Because, one of his other children
Kathleen Gray
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
No spoilers! Julia's husband David died, leaving her shocked and her daughter Tash adrift. Things change, however, when Julia finds a young man (the "kid") after he is injured and then discovers that he's got her husband's watch in his pack. Hmm. He's also got a tattoo of a butterfly. Butterflies and moths are something of a theme in this suspenseful novel where you might think you know what's happening but, trust me, you probably do not. Tash and Julia realize quickly that some of the creepy ...more
Kate Lowe
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this via Amazon First Reads as it seemed to be the best of this month's bunch, and I wasn't disappointed. This is not really my kind of book as a rule, but I really can't find a reason to fault it. It's well-written with an interesting and varied cast of characters, the Gower was a character in itself. I did guess the twist about Rachel early on, but only because I read as a writer and suspected... well, you'll have to read it yourselves to find out!
Lynda Kelly
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I really enjoyed this though she almost lost her 5* because of a really dumb mistake, though, since there really weren't many more throughout, she got a pass........and Christmas is coming ! This was my Kindle First selection for December.
It was a fascinating story full of secrets, lies and omissions and I was sure I'd sussed it all out in my head and........I hadn't ! I was woefully wrong yet again. It was nice to read of a likeable protagonist as most of the females I've read about recently
Mrs Vanessa Bentley
Highly recommended

I read all sorts of novels although many do not stay with me for long. This one is quite the opposite. Not only is there a completely shocking climax but the characterisation is well drawn and utterly convincing. The "moth" interludes only gradually make sense but the way that voice develops is masterful. One to relish !!
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great thriller full of twists

I haven't read anything by the author, Lynne Lee before,but I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the beginning.

I also really liked authors style of writing . And felt drawn in to the story straightaway.I
A psychological thriller with many twists and turns.

I high!y recommend Can You See Me?
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Received a copy of this book from netgalley!
I loved it great mystery.
couldn't put it down.
first time reading this author book's.
hope to read more.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very unusual

I struggled to get into this book (the month chapters really didn't help) but then reached a point where I couldn't put it down. So glad I persevered.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t see you

Very relatable with contemporary setting in Wales and London. Compelled though the pages, guessing, satisfying full conclusion. Totally worth a go.
Suzanna Salter
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Twists and turns aplenty in this entertaining a quite dark read. Enjoyed to plot and have to admit did not see the ending coming, no spoilers here. Well worth a read, I recommend it!
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
The writing style of this book was a bit prosey, if that is a word. The language and sentence structure were a bit poetic and at first it was a bit off putting. However, I got used to it quickly and actually enjoyed how it was written. Additionally, I loved how the chapters alternated between the mom/wife/main character Julie and the antagonist, whose chapters were written based on a variety of different moths. You know how I love a little education snuck into my fictional reading! The book had ...more
Maria C. Diaz
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
The main character Julia, who recently lost her husband, was surfing one day when she saw a boy snooping outside her beach house. She tried to call after him but the boy got injured. Luckily she knew what to do and managed to get help and save him but, who was he? And why was he around her house? The only thing she knows is that he has a butterfly tattoo.

After that, her daughter Tash remembered a series of strange things happening and Julia realised they were being watched. That made Julia even
Laurie Tell
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am torn about this review.

I loved so many things about this book:
I loved the writing style, which really drew me in
I loved the way that the story was going in one direction, and then suddenly there were some surprises
I loved how this was different from anything I've read in a while
I loved the main characters and their stories

So why am I torn?
There was a big "twist" that I saw coming a mile away. There was too much foreshadowing. But maybe it wasn't supposed to be a twist?

There were a few
Stephen Marrable
Psychological Thriller?

A nice read, but not overly psychological. I certainly enjoyed the Moth guide and the back story that was woven into the intersecting chapters. Recommended
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Lynne Barrett-Lee

Born in London, I began my writing career as a teenager, when I was ‘discovered’ by a London-based literary agent, Annie Hallam, via a fan letter I sent to an actor who was her friend. Though life and love took precedence and I didn’t actually achieve publication then, I returned to my first love in 1994, as a mother of three, newly transplanted to Cardiff. My first paid-for piece